The current division of Croatia on the European "Covid-19 map", published as part of the system of informing the citizens of the European Union about the current epidemiological situation in European regions entitled Re-open EU, does not show a realistic picture of the epidemiological situation of tourists who plan to come to Croatia, according to the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT).
Namely, the division of Croatia into only two regions, continental and coastal, is too general and cannot show the real epidemiological situation in a specific destination that a tourist is interested in. Therefore, HUT has launched an initiative to adjust the map of Croatia in the Re-open EU system in a way that respects the division of Croatia by counties.
"We suggest that data to the EU be submitted and presented at the county level because it is the only way to realistically show the epidemiological situation by destination, but also the right way to stimulate local citizens to adhere to measures and maintain the highest quality health situation., said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association.
The HUT initiative was also supported by the Member of the European Parliament Valter Flego, who stated that, despite the fact that this division of the EU Covid map is a decision of the European Commission, he will continue to insist through the European Parliament and other institutions the map shows through the counties.
Recall, last year HUT has launched the Corona Region Tracker website with the aim of timely and accurate informing the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions. Corona Region Tracker is also not the best solution nor does it show a realistic picture, as it has divided Croatia into four regions, not each county separately.
Although at the end of last year at the EU level common criteria for labeling countries according to the number of newly infected with coronavirus were defined, it is not defined that counties are marked separately within each country, but each country is still seen as a whole. It is on this omission that HUT stands out.
Under the current arrangement, Member States provide the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with weekly data on the following criteria: newly reported cases per 100 inhabitants in the last 000 days, number tests conducted last week per 100 population (testing rate) and percentage positive tests conducted in the past week (rate of positive tests). Based on this information, ECDC publishes weekly maps of EU Member States with individually identified regions to contribute to decision-making in Member States.
In conclusion, it is certainly great that common criteria have been defined at EU level, but it is also logical that regions or counties are designated within each country. Also, the German Robert Koch Institute just looked at each county separately within each state, and this proved to be efficient and fair.